Super Typhoon Meranti, the planet’s most powerful storm of the year, is threatening to graze Taiwan today before going into China on Thursday. As of late yesterday our time, the monster storm had winds of 190 miles per hour as it roared just to the south of Taiwan. The storm is expected to bring flooding rain, damaging winds and dangerous storm surge to Taiwan. The storm will move toward mainland China by tomorrow, with winds equivalent to that of a Category 3 hurricane.
Three year veteran driver and mother of two Renita Smith went back into her burning bus Tuesday afternoon here in College Park, MD After getting 20 elementary school kids out safely, she climbed back inside to make sure she hadn’t left anyone behind.
Smith says she just went into ‘mommy mode.’ She had to protect her babies. It’s started with a dashboard warning light for brakes and the slight smell of burning. She pulled over to radio the bus depot. “By the time I got the mic,” she said, “one of my little ones said, ‘No, Ms. Bus Driver, it’s fire!’ “I unbuckled my seatbelt, I open my door, and I got my babies off the bus.”
Round Rock police are investigating an attempted kidnapping of a child on his way to school Tuesday morning. The child was riding his bike when he was approached by several men in a truck on Grove Drive a little before 8am. The men him to get into their truck. The boy did not go along with it and continued on his way to Old Town Elementary School. Once he got to school he told teachers. Police described the truck as silver with four doors. The suspects are believed to be white men between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. Officers will patrol the area around the school while they look for the suspects.